Long-term assistance a lifeline for elderly diabetic living alone

Mr Goh Hee Seng, 66, who lives in a one-room flat in Chin Swee Road, had his right foot amputated in 2016. He receives about $500 every month to pay for his rent and daily meals.
Mr Goh Hee Seng, 66, who lives in a one-room flat in Chin Swee Road, had his right foot amputated in 2016. He receives about $500 every month to pay for his rent and daily meals. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Alone, in poor health and with little savings, 66-year-old diabetic Goh Hee Seng was in dire straits after he had to have his right foot amputated in 2016.

The bachelor used to earn about $700 as a cleaner, but was told not to return to work by his supervisor after surgery. And having lost contact with his three siblings, Mr Goh did not know who else to turn to.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 05, 2018, with the headline 'Long-term assistance a lifeline for elderly diabetic living alone'. Subscribe